PMID: 239918Sep 1, 1975

Semiautomated analysis of ergonovine maleate or methylergonovine maleate tablets and injections by colorimetric or fluorometric systems

Journal - Association of Official Analytical Chemists
R D Kirchhoefer, C E Wells


Two semiautomated analytical systems have been developed to determine ergonovine and methylergonovine maleate in single tablets and injections. The active ingredient is dissolved in a tartrate buffer. In the fluorometric method the stream is automatically diluted with tartrate buffer and excited with ultraviolet light; the resulting fluorescence is measured and recorded. In the colorimetric method, the stream is automatically made basic with sodium hydroxide and extracted with n-butanol. The extract is mixed with p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde reagent. After reaction, the solution is mixed with sodium nitrite solution, and the developed color is measured at 550 nm. Recoveries of 100% were obtained from spiked placebos. Standard deviations for powdered tablet and injection samples ranged from 0.63 to 1.24%. Comparisons with the USP XVIII methods are presented.

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